“If we had a keen vision and feeling of all human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die at that roar that lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the quickest of us walk about well wadded in stupidity.”*
ORJI: Observation, Reaction, Judgement, Intervention.
Edgar Schein’s acronym for how to test things.*
It holds the importance of our need to observe, observe, observe, opening our minds and our world to more.
In turn, this observation invites us to connect more deeply with what we’re discovering, opening our hearts and becoming less cynical and more compassionate.
Such an opening heart leads to action, firstly our imaginations birth a possibility, and then an action.
This is a deep thing, a slow journey in the same direction. A significant element for which is to become an infinite listener.^
The infinite listener is interested in all people, not only those who are like themselves, making it possible, through a silence of wonder, for anyone to find and express their voice – everything is still to be said.
‘Please stop waiting for a map. We reward those who draw maps, not those who follow them.’^^
On the way, we find amazing people to imagine and create with – a scenius (group genius): “a whole scene of people who were supporting each other, looking at each other’s work, copying from each other, stealing ideas, and contributing ideas.’*^
Last night I was sitting at a table with a group of people dreaming of how to make the world just a little better place with a project we’re planning together. We were a mini-world: one person from Romania, two from Italy, another from Lebanon, someone from France, and one more, from the United States.^* (The future is connected.)
(*From George Eliot’s Middlemarch, quoted in Jonah Lehrer’s Proust Was a Neuroscientist.)
(**See Edgar Schein’s Humble Inquiry.)
(^Infinite because no matter how many questions we ask, we never reach the limits of what we are exploring.)
(^^From Seth Godin’s Poke the Box.)
(*^Brian Eno, quoted in Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work.)
(^*The event will be VOXedinburgh‘s exploration of the power of storytelling and how people’s voices change through translation and interpretation. The event will take place at the end of November or early December,)